12 December 2013 — The Energy Efficiency Council has launched a professional certification scheme for people leading and managing energy retrofits of commercial buildings.

“The Energy Efficiency Certification Scheme will recognise genuine professionals in the energy efficiency sector, helping building owners find quality providers and developing the next generation of experts,” said Luke Menzel, manager, sector development at the Energy Efficiency Council.

The council says the scheme:

  • recognises industry leaders that can deliver comprehensive energy retrofits of commercial buildings
  • provides a benchmark for aspiring energy efficiency professionals that wish to develop their skills
  • allows commercial building owners and managers to identify specialists with the expertise to deliver deep savings.

“This scheme is the result of a three year process of consultation and design that captured the views of industry experts, governments and the property sector,” Mr Menzel said. “We’re confident that this is the most robust scheme of its kind in the world.”

Exergy director Caoimhin Ardren, who was involved in developing the scheme’s assessment criteria, said it was designed to “support the effective delivery of complex energy efficiency retrofit projects, and give building managers and owners confidence that promised energy savings can be achieved”.

Ecosave director Ben Samways, who is on the steering committee overseeing implementation, said: “To deliver improvements to Australia’s existing building stock at scale, the industry needs to identify and develop individuals that have the knowledge and experience to drive energy efficiency outcomes through the entire delivery process. This scheme will do that.”

Registration is now open with a subsidy for the first 40 to register.